Cobra is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to equipment development, implementing modern designs and Tour-approved technology, for clubs that go long and straight—just ask Bryson. The new King Tour irons further cement Cobra’s reputation as an industry-leading club manufacturer. Using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) for the first time in an iron, Cobra’s created a set that offers skilled players unmatched shot-shaping abilities with a velvety, confidence-inducing feel. In other words, if you think Cobra is simply about game improvement irons, the King Tour set is here to change your mind and will be available starting November 13th in store and online.
It Starts with MIM
Metal Injection Molding was first used in Cobra’s wedges a couple years back to allow for unrivaled precision and a refined look and feel. Since then, the company has received high praise, having now leveraged this innovative construction process and applied it to their latest line of King Tour irons. The result is a set of irons that are precision-focused and sensationally soft.
So, what’s MIM all about? Unlike most forged irons that are cast and forged, Cobra’s King Tour irons are made from 304 stainless steel metal powder, which is heated and then directly injected into a cast. The irons are then solidified through an extreme heating process for a stronger bond and an incredibly soft feel. Not only do the irons feel exceptional as a result, they also provide an exacting shape for greater consistency and effortless workability.
Typically, forged irons are cast and then require significant post-forging polishing to strip away leftover materials and deliver their final shape. This arduous process can create inconsistencies between each club, resulting in subtle, yet undesirable differences. Cobra’s MIM construction process reduces the number of hands-on steps to limit inconsistencies, needing only a minimal polish to ensure every iron is as precise and consistent as the next. No other iron on the market utilizes this meticulous process. “These irons are softer than any forged offerings on the market, and like their wedge counterparts, offer better consistency in shaping for more precision shot-making on the course,” says Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for Cobra.
As much as King Tour relies on its innovative construction to separate itself from the competition, Cobra’s latest irons also implement technological and design advancements for improved play and feel. The King Tour comes with a TPU (thermoplastic polyurerthane) insert placed behind the face for additional softness. The TPU insert helps reduce unwanted vibration to promote a wonderfully smooth feel at impact. Cobra has also added tungsten weight in the toe of the club for a more precise centre of gravity and improved stability and accuracy.
One doesn’t think of grips as being an especially awesome part of the club, but King Cobra is out here changing minds. King Tour irons come with COBRA CONNECT and a 90-day trial to Arccos, an innovative shot tracking smart app. With COBRA CONNECT, players can track their yardages, fairways, greens in regulation, and more, helping you identify your weaknesses and improve where you need it most.
Are they for me?
Players who flight their trajectories and shape their shots will benefit most from KING Tour irons and their precise MIM construction process. With a traditional profile and emphasis on shot-making capabilities, the King Tour irons aren’t overly forgiving. If you’re needing something with a bit more generosity, you may want to check out Cobra KING Forged Tec or SPEEDZONE irons. That said, if you’re on the cusp of getting your handicap in the single digits, these irons may just be what you need to get there.